A group of Senate Democrats have decided to take a stand against Donald Trump and his executive order on deportation after hundreds of innocent families were torn apart over the weekend during a string high-profile immigration raids.
Democratic Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.), Dick Durbin (Ill.) and Mazie Hironio (Hawaii) decided to introduce legislation Thursday to repeal Trump’s immigration order.
Cortez Masto accused the Trump administration of creating an “unprecedented deportation machine.”
“The president’s executive order sends a clear message to our immigrant families: You are a target for deportation,” she said at press conference with immigrant groups opposed to the order.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly defended the arrests earlier this week, noting that roughly 75 percent of the 680 undocumented immigrants arrested were “criminal aliens.” But in Trump’s new order, “criminal alien” means that you entered the country without authorizations, which used to be considered a misdemeanor offense.
What does this mean for immigrants? Well Immigrants who have “committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense” are now priorities under the order, even if they have not yet been convicted.
That means that people who came here looking for a better life for their families because they are so afraid to live in their home countries will be taken back to the life they so feared.
Durbin argued on Thursday that the change threatens millions of undocumented immigrants currently in the country.
“[They] are currently living in the United States with no threat to our country, no criminal record, with strong families,” he said.
Democratic Sens. Michael Bennet (Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Chris Coons (Del.), Tammy Duckworth (Ill.), Al Franken (Minn.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Tim Kaine (Va.), Pat Leahy (Vt.), Ed Markey (Mass.), Robert Menendez (N.J.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.), Patty Murray (Wash.), Chris Van Hollen (Md.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Ron Wyden (Ore.) are also supporting the legislation, along with Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Trump had made a promise during his campaign that he will get rid of 11 million immigrants. “I said we will get the criminals out — the drug lords, the gang members — we’re getting them out,” Trump said.
But is he really getting criminals out?
Daniel Ramirez Medina, a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, would probably differ. Medina was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials when they raided his house to arrest his father.
Medina filed a lawsuit against the administration on Wednesday, arguing it violated his Fith Amendment rights by failing to adhere to the terms of DACA.
Millions of immigrants live in fear in this country and Democrats are trying to change that.